Located within the heart of Samoa’s capital Apia, next to the iconic clock tower and boulevard, government buildings and waterfront the first two stages to the Apia Waterfront Development Project (AWDP) are now complete and open to the public.

The AWDP is a joint project between the Samoan Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the Planning and Urban Management Agency (PUMA) with technical and funding support from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Five goals formed the backbone of the project which overlaid every aspect of the project from early concepts through to final supply onsite. Uniquely Samoan, inclusive, safe and clean, enhanced community use, and re-connecting people to the sea are all evident in the overall design and feel of the space and its furniture.

Working with Tom Abbott from BECA NZ, lead landscape architects, Walkspace developed BECA’s unique suite of furniture from concept through to production level, coordinated and oversaw manufacture and exported the goods to Samoa.

The suite of furniture consisted of Litter and Recycling Bins, Picnic Sets, Bike Stands, Tree Grates, Illuminated precast concrete bollards, as well as a range of large island benches and smaller seating units. Each of the elements referenced the 5 goals outlined above as well as addressing the more common aspects of street furniture design being, ergonomics, durability, functionality and ease of maintenance.

The project presented many new and exciting challenges for the team at Walkspace and we have been proud to be involved in such a unique project with great results.


As always, if you would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Walkspace